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>> reporter: right on, god bless america. bill: hope you had a great morning, we'll see everybody back here tomorrow. >> reporter: take care, everybody. jon: and good morning to you as we begin "happening now" on this monday, a very special welcome back to jenna lee. jenna: thank you very much. jon: anything big happened while you were gone? jenna: got married, went on a honeymoon. i'm back for good. jon: glad to have you. brand-new developments in the debt showdown as the clock ticks closure to government default. now the tea party is stepping in, pushing its cut, cap and balance plan. jenna: ccp, a measure that raises the limit on america's credit card by another
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$2.4 trillion, only after big and immediate spending cuts, as well as a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. jon: it looks likely to pass in the house but the senate is a very different story. mike emanuel live at the white house for us now. what is the latest from the white house, first of all, mike? >> reporter: jon the white house perspective that this is a huge problem, our nation's debt, so this is the time to do something big and do something bold. it is not clear where the votes will be in terms of trying to do something of that nature. our understanding is from talking to sources, both here at the white house and on capitol hill is there were conversations back and forth between the president and speaker john boehner over the weekend. we will ask white house press secretary jay kare carney about. here is budget director jack liu.
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>> i think the minimum the debt will be extended. notwithstanding the voices of a flew that are able to play with armageddon, responsible leaders in washington are not. >> reporter: jack lei used karpa tkpwed done various times. the clock is ticking. we will get a better view of where things stand when we ask jay carney questions. jon: what is happening in congress specifically with that plan from senator mcconnell? >> reporter: it's interesting, he introduced that as a back up, last-ditch effort type of a plan and it's taken on strength as we've seen different constituencies battle for plans that may not have the support to get through both houses. in terms of the mcconnell plan there has been criticism on the republican side. here is senator tom coburn. >> harry reid and mitch mcconnell are planning on
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putting $1.5 trillion worth of spending cuts. it doesn't do it. it doesn't fix the problem. i think the mcconnell plan is more of washington not taking responsibility for -- it's a great political plan, is takes the pressure off all the politicians, but allows us to pass a debt limit without making the hard choices that this country has to make. >> reporter: so senator coburn is not sold, but the question remains, where are the votes in the united states senate to get a bigger, boulder plan through to the president's desk for his signature, jon? jon: it so happens we swr a senator joining us that might be able to answer that question. thank you. jenna: lindsey graham serves on the judiciary committee. are you behind the mcconnell-reid plan. >> i can't imagine any plan passing through the senate and
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house that doesn't cut the debt. between now and next november you need to barrow or 10 trillion. i don't see any republican voting for a plan that doesn't cut the government at least equal to what you raise the debt ceiling by. jenna: they are calling this the last resort plan. >> the last resort is to do the right thing. let's have a balanced budget in the constitution. how can you get this far in debt without having a structural problem? jenna: a balanced budget amendment would amend the constitution. we've done that 27 times the last time ironically in 1992 it had too do with congressional pay. why now after all the decades this government has been operating, why now do we need a change? >> because after all the decades we have got even 14.4 or $5 trillion in debt. i see no hope without discipline. the balanced budget amendment to the constitution will give us discipline we can't muster among ourselves. after 40 years how much more
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evidence do you need to suggest that the congress is incapable of balancing the budget on their own? so the balanced budget amendment to our constitution would make us do what 49 of the 50 states have to do which is to balance the budget. and without the structural change we are going to keep running up the debt. jenna: balanced budget, you spend what you take in, right? does that mean that you have to raise taxes? because we can cut spending but we'll still need revenue to balance that spending, whatever it is. >> it means you have a debate about how to balance the budget. i believe, quite frankly, we can grow our way out of this mess by having entrepreneural programs in place to grow the economy. now is not the time to raise taxes. if you had a balanced amendment to the constitution we'd have to sit down and talk with each other about how to get there. jenna: you'd be open to it. >> i'd be open to talking to anybody about how to get to the -- we don't raise taxes that is not the answer. jenna: the white house, the budget director says this is about a balanced budget amendment, this is again jack
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liu, it puts in place spending limitation has would force us to cut social security and medicare more deeply. >> social security and medicare are going bankrupt. the balanced budget amendment limits government spending to 18% of gdp. over the last 40 years it's been 18%. i'm willing to negotiate a different number, but i'm not willing to pass on the current system without change. no rational person could ever believe that this congress, republican or democrat is ever going to balance our budget until you have some discipline in the system that is missing today. jenna: word is you don't have the votes though, for a balanced budget amendment in the house or senate. >> we have the people behind us, 72% of the american people want a balanced budget to the constitution. republicans, democrats and independents have come to conclude that their politicians will never balance the budget unless somebody makes them and the constitution is the way to do it. any plan that goes through the congress that doesn't count spending equal to the amount you raise the debt has no chance of passing. jenna: the president says if we don't get some sort of agreement
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in place by friday that we're going to pass through that august deadline. that could lead to default. we have all the different scenarios. let me ask you a broader question about government, is this government truly at work? are we actually seeing government working with the debates that are happening, and the opinions that are being floated out there, or what is happening with the debt sealing, is that just an example of government dysfunction? >> reporter: this is a democracy in action. what you see is the 2010 election message being lost. if 2010 was about anything it was about limit being the size and scope of government. this whole debate is to see how politicians can raise the debt limit without having to make really hard choices. we avoid those really hard choices because we are worried about our next election. that's why you need a balanced budget amendment to the constitution where we can go back and tell people, we had to do something about social security, medicare and medicaid because we can't get there from here without changing those programs. jenna: if you don't get that amendment which would be a big thing and the states would have to ratify it, what is "the back-up plan"?
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>> i think "the back-up plan" is to get the country out of debt is not to pass on to the next generation a debt they can't afford to pay. this is a time in history for the republican party and democratic party to listen to the public. 72 perdz of the people want us to balance the budget by having an amendment to our constitution. and any idea that is presented by politicians that grows the debt is going to be rejected, because the last election was a tphal to alsignal to all of us,r country back on sound footing. we are going to become greece sooner rather than later. we have more debt than the next generation can pay. $51 trillion of unfunded viability in social security, medicare, medicaid. we borrow 40% of every dollar we spend. that is insanity and it has to stop. if you do the same hold thing and expect different results that's crazy. i'm not going to do the same old thing, now is the time to make fundamental change. jenna: senator graham, thank you
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for being on. we hope to talk to you soon. jon: better acoustics here. dangerous heat is keeping millions of americans indoors today and it's not supposed to let up any time soon. 17 different states issuing heat advisories, or warnings, some places have been in that situation for almost a month. in oklahoma city folks could see their 28th straight day of 100-plus temperatures. and there already reports of one possible heat-related death in missouri. maria molina is keeping an eye on it all live in the fox weather center. >> reporter: this summer is taking shape to being one of the most extreme so far. we have wichita falls and northern texas, one town that saw their 100-degree day as early as april. unfortunately today is another hot day across central portions of the u.s. today's high will be 99 as far note as rapid city. take a look at texas, not much
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different, upper 90s throughout much of the state if not triple digit heat throughout the region. factor in the humidity and many of the areas will feel hotter. some areas could see heat in its valleys up to 115 degrees. that is why we have a number of heat warnings in the upper midwest through eastern portions of oklahoma and as far east as the state of ohio and some of the warnings will remain in place through friday. this high pressure system that is bringing in all of the hot air into this region will remain stagnant and actually begin to expand by tomorrow. where we are owe going to start to see some of the hot temperatures further off to the east. raleigh, north carolina tomorrow expecting a high at 96 -frbgs 97 in memphis and by thursday and friday even in new york city we are talking upper 90s. that is something to keep in mind. please stay safe everyone, stay hydrated and try to stay out of direct sunlight. high pressure system blocking off most of the precipitation across central portions of the u.s.
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that is also keeping the storm track further off to the north. something else will be tracking today is a potential for severe thunderstorms to fire up across north dakota. we had a number of reports over the weekend out here of tornado touchdowns. we are looking for showers and storms across the great lakes and portions of the northeast where some of the severe storms could plea dues damaging wind gusts and large hail and we can't even rule out some isolated tornado, jon. a lot to keep an eye on here today. jon: no relief from the heat that is the big story. >> reporter: right. jenna: a day at the beach or pool is a great way to try to keep school but intense heat across much of the country can be very, very dangerous. >> you see profuse sweating, pale skin, a rapid, weak pulse and people generally don't -- they really feel bad. they'll complain of dizziness, weakness, being lightheaded and they may even start to exhibit some signs of confusion.
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jenna: those signs can be easy to miss. later on in this hour we'll talk with an emergency room doctor about what you need to do to keep your family safe during this hot summer. it seve certainly has been a hot summer so far. jon: it has. especially in florida where casey anthony just got out of jail. heavy security, she was whisked away to an undisclosed location. where is she now? what is next for this one-time accused child killer who was found not guilty by the jury? we are live with the story. jenna: new clues from governor rick perry about his presidential plans. how close is he to a white house bid? and what could that mean for the other republicans in the place. jon: patti ann brown live at wall with three videos. you get to choose the one you get to see. >> reporter: i'd love to tell you all about all of them. you have to pick the one you want to hear about. br u.n. ning, backwards running. there was a race in london's
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the dow down sharply 150 points right now because of debt worries here in the united states and in europe. and we told you about carmageddon on friday, that's what it was known as in california. it is over now. the ten-mile freeway linking west los angeles to the san fernando valley is back open after a construction shut down over the weekend. those fears of massive gridlock, well they never came to pass. jenna: from california back to florida now. casey anthony a free woman for the first time in three years. the 25-year-old walking out of the orange county jail shortly after midnight on sunday, just yesterday, facing an angry mob out there that quickly disappeared. her location now a closely guarded secret. one of the questions we are asking is, where is she now? casey staoeg gallon is live in orlando. there is speculation about ohio, why ohio? >> reporter: that is one of the rumors that is out there because around the same time casey anthony walked out of the front door right back there behind me
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here at the orange county jail in orlando there was some police activity not far from where i am at a private airport, the orlando executive airport where there was a twin-engine jet on the runway fueled up and it was running. officials at the airport say that that plane was heading to ohio, but they say that it was carrying some golfers back to ohio that had been here on vacation. however, again, there was a police presence there. there were also some protesters at that private airport. so who really knows? i can tell you that no one physically saw casey anthony getting onto a plane. that aircraft left at 1:00am, and then at 3:00am another private plane departed the orlando executive airport, no one knows where that is headed. the officials there are being very tightlipped, so right now it really remains a mystery shall it's anyone's guess at this point, jenna. jenna: so many questions, casey.
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have any of her attorneys spoken? >> reporter: yeah, her primary defense attorney baez in fact did an exclusive interview last night with our own geraldo rivera on his program. he said of course he wasn't releasing any of the information to the public in terms of his client's whereabouts, but he did once again express concern over casey anthony's safety, and also getting her much needed help to live her life as a free woman. listen. >> i know casey has been through an incredible traumatic event, a number of them over the last three years. we are certainly going to do our best to try to put her in a position where she can help herself and move forward in life. >> reporter: baez was right by her side with casey anthony as they walked out of the jail here in the early morning hours. he also says that he sent a text
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to casey's parents letting them know that their daughter was okay, but that is all george and cindy anthony know. again her whereabouts remaining even a mystery to them, jenna. jenna: casey stegall with the latest developments. we are asking if casey anthony can ever live a normal life. so far more than 7,000 of you have voted. 85% say no. you can cast your vote, leave a comment and see how others are voting on her whereabouts being important because we are going to be discussing any further legal actions against her including potentially some civil suits that are out there, jon. jon: some new video and information just crossing our international desk now. a pair of attackers killing a key adviser to afghan president hapresidenthamid karzai less thk after his half brother was assassinated.
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security forces quickly killed one of the assassins but fighting raged on for hours as police worked to get another man barricaded inside the home. earlier this morning they finally took him out. the taliban is claiming responsibility for that attack. jenna: also in the same city u.s. general david petraeus handing over command of american and coalition force necessary afghanistan. transferring responsibility to marine corps general john allen. he says he intends to maintain the momentum of the current military campaign in afghanistan, he doesn't expect the fight to be easy. petraeus will retire from the army next month before becoming director of the cia. jon: and we wish him well in his new position. living to tell the tale after a terrifying bear attack. how a 13-year-old boy survived a run in with a 200-pound beast. also, new details on rick perry's rumored run for president. why the texas governor is saying a white house run is what he is,
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if you're hiv positive. those pills cost about forty cents a day. lunch bag [pop] jon: so will he or won't he run for president? texas governor rick perry is the guy we're talking about. he's holding off on announcing and official white house bid but telling one newspaper just this weekend that running for the republican nomination may be his calling. perry getting to support in a recent quinnipiac poll. voters saying they would vote
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for him if a primary was held today. editor of the rottenburg political report is joining us, stewart rothenberg. if you read the tea least what is he saying here. >> they think he's going to run. he's given every indication he's going to run. until he announces he's not a race. we all expect him to be a candidate. jon: here is what you wrote about a month ago or so in june, you wrote he looks the part of a politician, even down to his hair. he gets a lot of attention for his hair, doesn't he? >> he does. but hair aside, he's an interesting fit in this race. look, this is a race where there is something of a vacuum, and i hear tell that nature abhors a vacuum and the vacuum is on the conservative side. there are governors in this race and there are conservatives. rick perry is a conservative governor. he definitely has a position in this race if he wants to. jon: if he jumps in who gets hurt the most?
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>> well, i think the question is on the right who is damaged the most, and at the moment, well two people are probably hurt, at the moment michelle bachman has all the buzz on the political right. rick perry gets in he's going to try to appeal to many of those same kind of voters. the other person that is probably hurt is tim pawlenty who has had a rough two weeks, some say months now. he has always tried to position himself to mitt romney's right to make them selfthe governor that is acceptable to conservatives. rick perry gets in the race it will preempt a lot of what tim pawlenty is trying to do. jon: he has been elected governor three times. he brags about the fact that half the jobs created in this country over the last decade or so have been created in texas. i mean he's got an awful lot going for him. the one rub you point out might be that, i guess the question about whether america is ready to elect another former texas governor as president.
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>> he has a good jobs story. that is a good one. that is a major concern both with republicans and the public at large. the question is, yes, are we ready for somebody to follow in george w. bush's footsteps. let's be clear that the perry folks and bush folks haven't always got even a long. there is a lot of competition there. but i had a republican insider say to me, if you think that george w. bush was a cowboy, rick perry is twice the cowboy. again, will that sell this time? it's not entirely clear. jon: you say he's even more conservative than george w. bush was, true? >> absolutely. he's not only more conservative but he's more anti-washington, antiestablishment. president bush, the second president bush certainly generally qualifies as a conservative in terms of the role of government, u.s. foreign policy, traditional values, things like that. rick perry is even more so. in terms of his rhetoric in take on washington, in taking on government, he goes far beyond what george w. bush did. let's remember, george w. bush
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for all his conservatism came out of the establishment. his father was a president, an ivy league kind of guy with a lot of friends in the oil business. rick perry is the outsider who beats up on washington and everyone everybody in the establishment. jon: he wrote the book entitled "fed up." that is all about how washington is dominating way too much of the system in this country. >> that is a pretty good message in the republican prime air or iowa caucus isn't it. republicans are fed up with washington. as the government of texas he can make that argument. he can say he's had responsibility to run a state, in terms of the economy, economic and job growth and yet he's anti-bureaucracy and anti-d.c. it should be an effective message. jon: the iowa caucus is around the corner. can he jump into it without much of a campaign operation in place in iowa and expect to do well? >> he can't jump into the iowa
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straw poll in the middle of august. there is tab he'll wait until after that, or right before and he won't compete there. i think he still has an opportunity in february or january whatever the iowa caucuses are supposed to be, they are supposed to be in february although the calendar is still in flux. he is a great campaigner. that's what everybody tells me. maybe he doesn't enjoy governing as much as campaigning. he is a terrific campaigner, a stem winder, great on the back of a truck speaking out of a bullhorn. i look to him to be a strong campaigner in iowa. jon: stewart rothenberg thank you. jenna: a teenager survives after a seriously rude awakening not from an alarm clock or anything like that but from a massive black bear. imagine waking up to find a 200-pound bear taking a bite out of your leg, jon. jon: that is an alarm clock with teeth. jenna: that's what happened to this 13-year-old boy camping in colorado this weekend.
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other campers scared the bear away. the teen says he was moments away from a far worst fate. >> he had to actual me out at one point, luckily my pajamas just broke, so he just took my pajamas. jenna: he went into the tent the bear did. there was some question of whether or not there was food inside the tent. wildlife officials used tracking dogs and eventually found this bear, they had to put him down. the boy was treated for cuts on his leg at a nearby hospital, later was released. quite he is okay. he has quite a story to tell in future years. the clock is ticking on the debt ceiling debate. one major credit rating agency is offering a radical new approach some say to save the u.s. economy. lit work or just create more runaway spending? that is a question we'll be asking. plus, police in upstate new york search for tours in clues in ay tour bus crash. the details just ahead.
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jenna: the debt crisis indeed, take a look at all the money piling up, right? and particular a look at our markets today. down 150 points in the dow. one of the reasons is the concern over the debt and what is happening not only here in the united states but also in europe. we are talking a lot about this debt ceiling, right? and the question about our creditworthiness as a nation. we have these rating agencies and elizabeth mcdonnell is with us from fox business. the ratings agencies give us a grade.
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and one rating company said maybe we should do without this debt ceiling overall. maybe this whole idea of a debt sealing is something that we should really talk about. >> that's right, jenna and it's moody's. they are saying having this annual debt ceiling fight creates a lot of uncertainty unnecessarily in the bond markets. maybe do away with the debt ceiling, then you won't have the regular fights that have been, what a hundred times we've raised the debt ceiling since 1939. they say it creates uncertainty in the bond market, that the u.s. government will not make good on its debt and pay the interest on its treasuries. that's the real key issue. jenna: we keep on raising it and extending our own credit line. are they saying that is the reason why we should do without it because it's meaningless, because we keep on moving it? >> that's right. what they are saying essentially, moody's and s&p both say they want long-term debt reduction. they want to see the overall debt come down, one agency said by $4 trillion. the only way to get there is by
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social security and medicare reform. we had the debt ceiling installed in 1917. even back then the u.s. congress was worried about spending, that the government couldn't control its spending. there was a bond offering to pay for world war i. congress said we need a debt ceiling, we need to be able to limit the debt every year starting in 1917. it didn't work. after it was enshrined in law in 39 the government has raised the debt ceiling a hundred times up until today. jenna: thank you very much. jon over to you. jon: in upstate new york right now, jenna, police are searching for deadly clues in a bus crash. a tour bus driver veers off the interstate, clams into a median. pat tee ann brown is on the story from the breaking news desk today. >> reporter: it was yesterday afternoon, a tour bus heading from washington d.c. to niagara falls around 4:15pm that bus ran off the road into a wooded
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medium in upstate new york. two people were killed, 35 injured after the bus flipped over and hit some trees. authorities are still trying to determine where the driver lost control. state police say it may have been due to a tire blowout. the tragedy happened on interstate 390 in baath, in western new york, 55 miles southeast of rochester. this is the latest in a string of tour bus crashes this year alone. back on march 12th an accident on i-95 in the bronx killed 15 people. police say that bus headed to a casino in connecticut was speed. two days later a bus from new york city to philadelphia hit a head wall on the new jersey turnpike killing the driver and one passenger. and then on may 31st four people were killed in virginia on a bus bound for new york. the driver admits he fell asleep at the wheel. and on june 27th, a bus headed for new york city crashed on the pennsylvania turn bik turnpike g one. in that case the bus slammed
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into the back of a truck. yesterday investigators know there was a flat tire but it's not clear if that occurred before or during the crash. they are looking nor other possible contributing factors. the driver survived and they are interviewing him. we will keep you posted on this investigation. jon: so many of those happening lately. okay. >> reporter: disturbing. jon: thank you. jenna: an investigation is now underway into the deaths of a ceo's girlfriend and his son in southern california, the two dying in separate incidents at the man's home in just the past five days. some bizarre case. a live report straight ahead on this. also we know a lot of you are heading off to vacation with your families. that is a good thing. it's now easier than ever to take us with you. we don't want you to miss anything, right? jon: jon: did you take us with you on your honeymoon? jenna: i didn't have a lot of internet service. i did my best. go to, use
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jon: i'm in our acquisitions center where we bring in the satellite feeds ther from aroune world and the country. oh, pwoeub, it's hot outside. heat indecies over 105 around the country. we'll be talking about it ahead with our meteorologist. on remote 261 there is the shot of the capitol dome. it looks placid, all kinds of arguing underway, including the cap, cut and balance pledge that so many republicans are in favor of. lit get passed? remote 224 has a shot from outer space.
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there is the space shuttle docked to the international space station. it's a scene we are not going to be seeing for much longer, as that final space shuttle mission winds down. jenna: jon, new developments in the phone hacking investigation in england. amy kellogg is live in london with the story. hi, amy. >> reporter: oh, jenna i'm sorry, we are looking at some new details coming in here, basically we have to start out by saying that news corporation is the parent company of fox news, and in the latest development in this phone hacking case the assistant police commissioner, john yates has resigned, basically he was forced to resign, jenna. and he has been under attack for putting the phone hacking case to bed prematurely back in 2009, closing it, and now with a list of basically 4,000 potential phone-hacking victims, many people are saying that this was poor judgment at best.
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now the police under investigation also for allegedly accepting bribes totaling about $200,000 overall from news of the world journalists for information. also for hiring a formerred ta tore of the news oformer editor. all this led to the arrest of sir paul stevenson last night. he claims his name was clean but as top cop he needs to step down. rebecca brookes head of rupert murdoch's empire was arrested friday but released on bail after nine hours of questioning. >> the position of rebecca brooks can be simply stated, she is not guilty of any criminal offense. the position of the metropolitan police is lessees i to understand. despite arresting her yesterday
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and conducting an interview process, lasting nine hours, they put no allegations to her and showed her no documents connecting her with any crime. they will in due course have to give an account of their actions, and in particular their decision to arrest her with the enormous reputational damage that this has involved. >> reporter: jenna, there had been some question as to whether or not brookes after this arrest would be able to testify before a parliamentary committee tomorrow. that has all been cleared now. she is out on bail. she will be testifying before that committee tomorrow. as will rupert murdoch and his son james, here in london in the afternoon. that is latest from here, back to you, jenna. jenna: we'll continue to watch the developments, amy thank you very much for that. a major search is underway for a missing mother of triplets, where she was last seen and who police are calling a person of
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interest in her disappearance straight ahead. also people all across this country are facing sorbgs well, dangerous heat. one of the things we hear a lot of is stay hydrated, drink eight glasses of water aeu day. is there a scientific base for doing that? how much do we really need? what we can do to prevent heatstroke. we'll tell you all that straight ahead. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement
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jon: the son and girlfriend of a prominent pharmaceutical executive are both dead, events that happened within five days of each other in separate incidents at the ceo's mansion near san diego.
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patti ann is watching this for us and has an update. >> reporter: investigators are investigating two mysterious deaths within less of a week from each other both side to famous mansion in san diego. the girlfriend of a prominent farm saoul cal executive and then the executive's 6-year-old son died last week. the boy, max shacknai died sunday at a hospital almost a week after falling down the stairs at the mansion on san diego bay. his father, jonah shac shacknais the executive of a pharmaceutical company. he is divorced from the boy's mother. the death came four days after his girlfriend, rebecca tphal already harebeccanalepa had bee. the boy falling down the stairs seems to be a tragic accident. he was to the breathing and did not have a pulse when paramedics
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found him. on wednesday rebecca nalepa was found nude with her hands and feet bound from a balcony. it was shacknai's brother adam that called and said she appeared to be death. jonah was not home. they call that death very desar. sheriff's investigators said last week that they have not established any connection between the two deaths. they have not ruled out suicide and have not made any arrests. a bizarre case, jon. jon: very strange and sad all the way around. patti ann, thank you. [singing] jenna: it's hot in the city and certainly hot across this country. 17 states are under extreme heat warnings, and in many places it's been over 100 degrees for days on end. here is an example for you. oklahoma city, there it's been
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100 degrees every day for nearly a month. that is a longtime. we have a doctor who is an emergency room physician in baltimore. i'm sure you deal with this a lot. it's hot down there in baltimore as well. what are the first signs of heatstroke? >> you know there is a continuum. the way we lose heat is we sweat and it evaporates. if it is gentlemen muggy outside it doesn't work well. you get nausea, vomiting and goose flesh, all the way to stroke where you have neurological symptoms to coma, coma, seizures, that is a medical emergency. you have to all 911. jenna: how do you know? i feel we throw these terms around, heat exhaustion. you have heatstroke because you're outside and you're not feeling well. how do you know it's really time that you've got to go to the er. >> first of all if you're outside and you're really feeling sick and can't catch your breath and you've been sweating a lot and don't feel
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right you should get out of the elements, get to a cool place. if you have been sweating a lot you can drink some fluids, sometimes gatorade has some electrolytes in it, but any time someone is confused, and they are outside in the heat, that you've got to call 911 right away because heatstroke is life threatening, it kills. jenna: what prevents it? >> well, pretty much cooling down. and the problem is seniors, the very elderly, kids, they are more at risk. seniors that are shut inside with no air-conditioning, you have to have air circulating, so open a window, have a fan, but it's really just getting out of the elements. don't do your exercise in the hottest part of the day. jenna: the british medical journal had an interesting article i wanted to ask you about, about water consumption because that is of course a big thing we talk about when it's summer months, you've got to make sure you have your bottle of water. the opinion pieces in there were talking about how intense hydration is really something we know because of marketing, not
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necessarily something we need all the time. i want to be careful with this because obviously it's hot outside, so we don't want to tell people not to drink water, but what is the truth? >> use your thirst to gauge it. it is interesting, a lot of these studies came from a misinterpretation of a 1945 report that said you should have one milliliter, a fifth of a teaspoon of water for every cal raoefplt 1900 calories a day, that's about 64 ounces. then it became 8x8, 8 glasses, 8 ounces in a glass. what they misinterpreted it is at the end of it they say there is enough water in the food you eat. apples have 85% water. gear it towards your thirst. if you're sweating a lot and are outside you'll feel more thirsty and drink more. the 8x8 has never been proven to be effective truthfully. it goes become to 1945 and a misinterpretation. use your thirst to gear it.
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if you're sick or you are having heat exhaustion you might need a little bit more. jenna: 1945, who knew that about that. doctor, great to have you as always. thank you for the tips we appreciate it. as the debt spirals out of control the tea party is take being its shot at solving the debt crisis. the bill its backing and the chances the measure has of passing. that is the key thing, isn't it? we are going to talk live to a member of the tea party caucus coming up. also concertgoers running for their lives virtu virtually afts stage collapses right in the middle of the show. we are live with that story straight ahead. with the 48-hour sale, the possibilities are endless. interesting... save up to 50% this tuesday and wednesday only.
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trying to come to an answer before the debt ceiling limit is reached. and on remote 291, oh, the first -- not the first tropical storm but tropical storm brett has formed in the caribbean. janice dean is keeping an eye on it. she is going to be a very busy lady. jd. >> reporter: we are watching that tropical storm brett, our second storm of the season jon scott. i think today should be national jump through the sprinkler day, because we are dealing with extreme heat across the midwest, the upper mississippi valley, and this heatwave could be actually worst than the last one. we are particularly concerned with the elderly, and the young ones, make sure that they are indoors, out of harm's way and in where it's cool in the air-conditioning. heat advisories again upper mississippi valley, midwest region, where heat indices, that means the actual temperature and the humidity combined is going to make it feel anywhere from 105 to 115 degrees, not only
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today but through much of the work week. so, again, it's not only the heat and the high temperatures, it's going to be the duration that it's going to last all week. these are your current temperatures, look 91 in demoine. 91 in minneapolis. look at the heat index what it feels like with the humidity outside. 102 in demoine. 105 in davenport. 104 in minneapolis. places that don't typically see this type of heat are going to be dealing with incredibly dangerous weather. there is your forecast heat index, this is where the heart of the heat is going to be across the midwest, the upper mississippi valley, then it's eventually going to spread eastward . so take a look at this. there is our dome of high pressure building in throughout the week and then it's eventually going to push eastward across the mississippi valley, the tennessee, the ohio river valley, this high pressure is going to move eastward and it is going to be long lived, not going to break down any time soon, so the heat is going to
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continue. and as jon mentioned we are also talking about the tropics. i want to make mention that we do have the potential for severe weather today across the upper midwest and the great lakes where we have a severe thunderstorm watch in effect. brett not going to affect anyone. we do expect it to strengthen but it will continue to be well off-shore. there is some good news am idst0 some bad news as well. jon: janice dean you have your hands full. >> reporter: i'll be on it. jon: thanks, j.d. and we roll into the second hour of "happening now," welcome to you i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody. jon: welcome back. jenna: thanks very much. i left when we had the debt crisis, was gone for two weeks, got married and stuff, and i come back and we still have a debt crisis. it didn't get worked out. i was hoping that it would. time is running out when we look at this deadline to solve our nation's debt crisis. there is plenty of finger
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pointing in washington, that also didn't go away. still no deal in sight and that will affect us all. jon: republicans and democrats remain very far apart. now the tea party is stepping in. the house set to vote tomorrow on a solution proposed for the debt crisis. jenna: chris stirewalt is fox news digital politicse politics. where do we stand? >> reporter: where we stand is the republicans doing it best to make it as hard for the president in the final five days this he's given himself to get a deal together. he said that on friday that there has to be a deal in place or he's going to start taking some more drastic measures in terms of how the treasury operates, how the government pays its bills, things like that. but this week, what the republicans are trying to do is first in the house they have a plan that they call cut, cap and balance, which is a three-step process in which there would be deep, deep cuts now, that there would be caps on future stpepbdg
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and congress would pass a balanced budget and send it through the state. that is not likely to get through the senate. what it does it create a tphr-r for the conservatives who say they have a plan in place. senator minority leader mitch mcconnell is on the other side throwing the president a little bit of a life line saying i will give you a compromise plan that gets the debt ceiling increased, but you're going to have to relitigate this and revisit this issue again and again before the election because i'm not going to let you off the hook, we are just going to give you a little bit of a bump. it's a tough call for the president, and the republicans are making it tougher by the day. jenna: a lot of political posturing. you still have this deadline. and you still have the question of votes. it's going to come down to that eventually no matter what, chris, right? do any of the proposal ales that are out there, do any of them look like they would have enough votes to pass both houses? >> reporter: the mitch mcconnell proposal if democrats get desperate enough in the end to take the political risk of
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visiting this issue over and over again before the presidential election, that one has a chance. but what it would require is democrats all getting together, holding their nose and voting for it. remember this. if all the democrats in the house ban together to vote for something then they only need 26 or so republican votes, which john boehner could probably deliver for a plan that is as politically punishing to the president as what mcconnell is talking about. jenna: thank you very much. we'll see what happens. jon: there is plenty of wrangling over the competing plans for a look at the political implications, let's talk to bret baier, he anchors special reports evenings on fox news channel. so this cut, cap and balance pledge, there is going to be a vote in the house, but there is virtually no chance it's going to pass, right, bret? >> reporter: well the house could pass it. the senate would be as chris mentioned, the trouble part for this plan, and with the democratic-controlled senate. that said, if the house passes
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this. let's say, it is a plan by which you could raise the debt ceiling and do these other things. they would then put the challenge, the onus on the democratic senate to say, no, we don't want to do this. the white house to say, no we don't want this balanced budget amendment down the road, and politically it kind of turns the tables a bit. it gives the house, especially the freshman tea party republicans, a chance to vote on this. with the hopes that they are going to move this forward. the reality is the votes just aren't there on the other side. jon: but if they know that it's not going to get through the upper chamber it saoupbd like sort of a satisfactorsounds likt anybody's friend right now. >> that's true, you can make that argument. however they are not saying it's not a waste of time, because this is the solution to long-term problems. if you look at the s&p 500 warning this past week, it said not just about raising the debt ceiling, but the massive problem
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of the debt. the u.s. borrows 44-cents of every dollar, and the markets are not just looking at this imposed deadline of august 2nd, they are also looking at the $14.3 trillion of national debt. so, republicans are saying they are putting forward a long-term plan to deal with that. also separate of that, you're going to have senator tom coburn out today with a bigger plan that he thinks could reduce $9 trillion. i mean you're talking big numbers then. and you had erskin bowles, democrat, he headed up the president's deficit and debt commission. he says if you just do $2 trillion that is not going to solve the big problem for the markets. it's an interesting problem. jon: yeah, and looking at the building over your shoulder there it doesn't seem like there are a lot of, i don't know, real winners coming out of this at this point. i don't see any real winners in the white house unless, i don't know, maybe somehow they come to
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some agreement that makes everybody happy, but it seems like nobody is happy right now. who are the winners and losers as this arguing goes on? >> reporter: no, this has not been a profile of courage these past few weeks. and to be honest with you, if you start looking at polls about antiincumbent feeling, this could be the biggest antiincumbent election coming up, throw both of them out, you know, the blame could go both sides -- jon: a pox on both your parties. >> reporter: that's exactly. that's the feeling, if you go around the country and take some polls that is the one feeling you get that is pretty unique. jon: bret baier good to talk to you. he'll have a wrap-up when he hosts special report. you can tune in tonight, every night, 6:00pm eastern, special report. jenna: another big story today, a change of command in afghanistan. general john allen taking control over the international
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alliance over general david petraeus who will take charge of the cia soon. jennifer griffin is live at pentagon with more. >> reporter: the changes, the command ceremony in kabul took place with a backdrop of a slew of attacks on karzai's circle. there is a warning that the war in afghanistan is far from over. >> the job is most certainly not done. al-qaida operatives still plot and plan across the border in pakistan. the taliban still try to regain lost ground, still intimidate and still assassinate as we just saw this past week about the brutal killing of president karzai's brother. hamid karzai trying to climb into his brother's grave last week is facing almost daily challenges to his rule. his brother was assassinated by a trusted bodyguard. a former governor and loyal
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political adviser to karzai was assassinate ned his apartment by two taliban gunman wearing bomb belts. >> in crushing heat and in numbing cold from the deserts of southern afghanistan to the peaks of the behind due kush. you have shown initiative, determination, innovative necessary and courage. you have been diplomats as well as warriors, statesman as well as soldiers. your performance as been in a word awesome. >> reporter: general petraeus handed over his command to marine general john allen. petraeus will retire from the army and particular over as the head of the cia in september. >> there will be tough days ahead. and i have no illusions about the challenges we will face, challenges we will face together. >> reporter: those challenges
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include this wave of attacks on karzai's inner circle which the taliban say are bound to get worse especially as the u.s. begins pulling out troops next year and pulls out all the troops if they stay on track by 2014. the question is how to keep karzai in power after the troop draw out occurs. jenna: thank you very much. jennifer griffin watching for us at the pentagon. we have to run, there is other breaking news. we have to keep you a breat abrf what is happening. we talk about the debt crisis. if we could pull up the board we'll show you what is happening with the markets today. down 160 points. it was down all last week as well. we had a few up days but overall on the week there already losses. oil is also trading lower, the bank stocks are getting hit. gold is trading higher today as we take a look at some commodities as well. we'll keep you up to date on your money. jon: also looking at crime, and mysterious circumstances in
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missouri that surround the disappearance of a mother of triplets. who police are looking at as her parents say they have no doubts about what happened to her. also, a stage collapse sparks panic at a rock concert, the dramatic video as a violent storm contributes to the collapse of the main stage. let's go to patti ann at the web wall for today's must-see moment. >> reporter: we have three hot videos today for you to choose which one you would like to hear more about. if you go to and click on the "happening now" tab you'll get our page and here is the three stories, the first one is called br u.n. ning. it means backwards running. you can see them backing up from the starting line. it's pretty funny. some of you interested in our second choice, which is the red bull flood tag this also in the united kingdom. thousands of people creating homemade flying machines and they held this big contest over the weekend to see whose homemade aircraft could fly the furthest.
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missouri, soon after a meeting to finalize their divorce. clay waller says he and his wife argued before she disappeared and there are reports it was an abusive relationship, and jackie's parents say they are sure that clay waller is behind her disappearance. his attorney says he denies having tphoeug to do witness. clay has been named a person of interest, no charges have been filed. meanwhile more than a hundred volunteers spent this past weekend searching for any clues to find her. the volunteers combed through more than 90 acres i in a rural county. the local paper, the southeastern missourian says several volunteers were focused on an area where waller's business cards were found last week. no new clues he besides that have been found in the disappearance of this mother of five-year-old triplets. if you have any information please call the number on the screen. jenna: hopefully some more clues
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surface. thank you. jon: a horrifying accident at a rock concert sends thousands of people running for their lives. take a look at this shocking video of the stage collapsing in the middle of the show. at least five people were hurt, one of them seriously. eric shawn is live with a look at what happened there. eric. >> reporter: jon, imagine it's a warm summer night, you're at a concert along with thousands of other fans winding up the weekend when suddenly all the fun and celebration turns into that frightening spectacle. [screaming] >> reporter: the classic rock band cheap trick was 20 minutes into his act in canada when a violent thunderstorm as you can see suddenly toppled the main stage. there wasn't any warning . at least five concertgoers as you said were injured, one seriously. that man has a piece of the stage that peered his tomorrow ab. the concert was shut down immediately when the mishap sent
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people into panic, though none of the band members on the stage were injured. >> we were waiting to see cheap trick and all of a sudden we saw lightning and the stage fell over. >> reporter: it was several stories tall and collapsed backwards into semitrailers parked in the rear. people said it happened so fast that everybody started screaming and running. thousands of fans had to seek shelter at a nearby museum. there were thunderstorms in the area at the time of the concert just before 8:00pm. the winds clocked in at 56 miles per hour. the accident exposes just what can happen when large crowds can be left unprotected in open areas during the violent weather like we've had across our country this summer. the ottawa blues fest was set to end last night. it's a 12-day music extravaganza that books some of the biggest names in rock and jazz. a member of one of the groups that was playing yesterday said thankfully it was a miracle that no one was killed. he said gear can be replaced, people can't, clearly it could have been a lot worse, jon.
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jon: it sound like it was a good thing that it toppled backward toward the parking lot instead of forward toward the crowd. >> reporter: can you imagine if that happened. absolutely. jon: awful. eric shawn, thank you. jenna: casey anthony walking out of jail a free woman early yesterday. happening right now she is spending her first monday free in a long, longtime. her release is now raising serious questions, where she may be right now, what charges she still could face, and when we might see her next. we have that just ahead. [ male announcer ] to the 5:00 a.m. scholar. the two trains and a bus rider. the "i'll sleep when it's done" academic. for 80 years, we've been inspired by you. and we've been honored to walk with you to help you get where you want to be ♪ because your moment is now. let nothing stand in your way.
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jon: right now new information on stories we are watching around the world. in italy hearings for
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berlisconi. he is fighting charges of bribery as well as paying for section with a 17-year-old girl. the former president of south africa and nobel peace prize winner turns 93. millions of children across his country celebrating the occasion with a special birthday song. tropical storm brett is growing stronger as it swirls in the atlantic packing wind of about 50 miles per hour right now. authorities posting warnings in the northern bahamas. tropical storm brett is not expected to approach the united states. jenna: right now casey anthony is a free woman. the 25-year-old walking out of the orange county jail just after midnight yesterday. her whereabouts right now are unknown. she leaves behind a lot of angry people, but new legal problems could soon catch up with her. is it over for her yet? john patrick dolan is a criminal defense attorney. nicole devord is a prosecuting
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attorney. what are issues she could face? >> there are civil issues with zenida, with the he can what search folks, and with the county of orange that they might impose a requirement that she pay restitution for the cost of investigation. not much in the way of any more criminal liability, and i should point out to you since there is an appeal pending on the four counts where she was convicted she does still have a fifth amendment right until the final resolution of those appeals, which may have some impact on the civil cases. jenna: given that what it is, nicole as john mapped it out do you expect her to spend any more time behind bars? >> not on anything related to these charges. this case is really concluded, as it relates to criminal conduct out of these activities. she is going to be dealing with quite a few battles in court though as it relates to the civil accusations against her. jenna: as far as the civil accusations do any of the civil proceedings prevent her from making any money off of her
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story? >> well, certainly that is going to be something -- >> they don't -- jenna: i'm sorry, nicole you said that is something they will try to make happen. as far as today if someone was to offer money for an event view is she able to go and take that money? >> sure, there is really no law or rule precluding her from being able to do that, and that's one of the things that the people who are suing her are going to have to look at when they start to make their claims and talk about th the assets tht she has. they will be concerned about any money she is making and trying to hide as a result of this case. jenna: john, how would you prepare her if she was your client, what would be your advice to her now? >> well, obviously she has to keep her head down for a while and let things calm down, because even as a case as notorious as this eventually things will calm down. she has ever right to go out and seek any returns that she can,
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however, whatever she gets is subject to what might happen in those civil lawsuits. it's a little bit of a touchy subject matter as to when she accepts money, under what circumstances, and where that money resides, because that has a lot to do with civil judgments or potential civil judgments. jenna: nicole, a final thought here on this. there has been a lot of speculation about the family, family involvement. there have been accusations from both sides about the parents, do you see any members of the anthony family having to face any charges, civil or otherwise? >> it's very possible that anyone, for example, he can what search might think had knowledge of where caylee was could become subject to lawsuits and therefore could have civil liability if they are found to be responsible for using assets, or for whatever other allegations may arise in civil suits. it's going to depend on what the allegations are and how they think the different family members could be responsible. the short answer is yes. jenna: thank you so much for
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jenna: there are brand new developments in efforts to solve the debt crisis. republican senator tom coburn unveiling a massive deficit reduction plan. he says the package contains rising red ink and revenue. that is the magic angle people are looking for. jim angle with more. >> reporter: lawmakers of both parties are trying to find spending cuts cuts of 2 to 4 trillion. tom coburn has a plan to reduce deficit spending by $9 trillion. his plan would reduce the size of government 20 to 25% and balance the budget within ten years. here is how he characterizes it. >> i wouldn't expect it to pass but i would expect people to look at it. we've spent thousands of hours going through every program in the federal government. we have $9 trillion worth of savings that are achievable
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over the next ten years. pick half of them. half of them solve our problem. >> reporter: now coburn will unveil his plan this afternoon but on a sunday talk show he gave hint what it contains. >> we can save a trillion dollars at the pentagon over next ten years. not hard it is difficult cult but not super hard. it is common sense. discretionary spending we can save over a trillion dollars. other government sage ace can save 500 billion. we can increase revenues by adjusting tax code and lowering it. >> reporter: which means getting rid of some tax deductions but not raising tax rates. the ratio of cuts to revenue increases is 7 1/2 to one. he would make changes in medicare as well as medicaid and he says all of the cuts he recommends would also save 1 trillion in interest just in the next nine years. so at a time when many others are struggling to find a couple of trillion in cuts, senator coburn is
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throwing a menu on the table with several times that much in savings including new revenues and he urges lawmakers to choose what they like from that list but make some choices to reduce deficit spending. jenna? jenna: we'll see what is next. jim, thank you very much. >> reporter: you bet. jon: a tea party plan that would solve the nation's debt crisis takes center stage on capitol hill. the proposal known as cut, cap and balance is set for a vote in the house tomorrow. it would allow the government to raise the debt ceiling but first congress would have to cut spending and pass a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. congressman michael burgess is a republican from texas, a member of the tea party caucus. because of that the, one presumes that you would vote in favor of this cut, cap and balance plan. would you? >> not certainty point. honestly it's a lot of information to go through
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over a relatively short period of time. the principles make, no mistake, i accept the principles that are put forward and i agree with those. i'm not sure i like going the whole distance of the president's request on the increase in the debt ceiling. i am certainly concerned because the level of cuts that you asked for in something like this, you really can only be sure of what you get in that first year and then as we've seen in other efforts earlier this year, sometimes the arithmetic doesn't work out in your favor even on those cuts that you think you have nailed down. so i have still got some questions but i do think the principles are correct. i like some of the things that i heard senator coburn say on your lead-in into this story. so there's a lot of things that i'm going to be evaluating over the next basically 24 hours. not much time to do it but we've got a lot to look at. jon: perhaps no surprise that the administration is on record as strongly
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opposing cut, cap and balance. we just got word from the white house, that if the president were presented this bill for his signature he says he would veto it. if so, is this all about political posturing? is this an opportunity for conservatives to try to make the point that they tried to do something about the budget and the president wouldn't let them? >> well, first off, i frankly do not understand why when something is proposed by house republicans it becomes posturing and when something, however vague and undocumented it is comes from the white house, that is supposed to be statesmanship. i don't understand how that equation works here in washington, d.c. but, let me tell you what one of the fundamental problems with all of this is. we have this big law that the president signed 15 months ago called the affordable care act. if we don't do something to get our arms around the amount of spending that is in that thing, all of this is for naught.
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so one of my concerns about cut, cap and balance is it doesn't address the affordable care act. the president refuses to address the after godable care act. but at the same time if this thing kicks in. katy-bar-the-door as far as the drain on the federal treasury. we have to be able to do something that is going to pull us back in. i will share something with you. i think we're fortunate to have a debt ceiling. i think a statutory debt limit in the united states is maybe one of those things that sets us apart from those other countries that are in such desperate trouble. it forces us to sit down and do this hard work. do you think for a minute we would be doing this type of hard work if it wasn't required? i don't think so. so, i am grateful for senator coburn and what he's doing. i'm grateful for jason chaffetz and he and the work jim jordan have done on the house side with cut, cap and balance. i want the white house to be engaged. i wish someone would wake the senate up and let them
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know they need to do something as well. the deadlines are real. they're real for a reason. that is why parties need to get together to decide what they can do. this bill if passed by the house this week will give the president what he wants which is 2.4 trillion dollar, 2.4 trillion dollar increase in the debt limit and no one lays a hand on the affordable care act. that's what the president has laid out that he needs more than anything. okay, mr. president, we're giving you that. we're just attaching some conditions. jon: worth pointing out you're a physician before you came to congress and have made quite a study or made studying the affordable care act sort of a mission of yours. >> it is my new career. jon: we've been asking though, does anybody come out as winners in this debate? seems like, you know, there is stalemate in washington and voters aren't too happy with either party or either branch of government, the white house or the legislative branch. >> you are correct in that no one looks good in this exchange. let me state for the record again, i think we are
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fortunate to have a statutory debt limit that forces the executive and legislative branch to sit down with each other, both sides the legislative branch and executive branch, to sit down, talk about, come to a conclusion what you're going to do. historically the debt limit has simply been elevated and go on business as usual. jon: rubberstamp almost. >> at this point we heard on november 2nd of 2010, the american people were looking for something different and something bold when it comes to these types of questions. look in 2006, republicans lost the majority and i don't recall anyone coming up to me and saying we really wanted you to spend more money that year. that was the number one knock on the republican majority in 2006, we were spending too much money. well our deficit is ten times what it was in 2006. you got to believe that the folks back home understand that we are spending too much money. i'll tell you in my district the calls and e-mails coming in, nine to one, against raising the debt limit in any fashion.
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even with cut, -- cap, cut and balance. jon: i've mangled it myself. i know. it is a tough phrase to get out there sometimes. yeah, with people all around the country, families are trying to balance their budgets and they're cutting back. seems like the government could do the same thing. >> first thing they do is cut up the credit cards. first thing they do when they have to deal with their family finances. maybe that's where we should go as well. jon: congressman burgess, a republican from texas. thank you. >> thank you. >> we talk a lot about drinking and driving. there is alarming new information now about safety on america's roads. the government reports a staggering 33% of drivers in fatal can accidents test positive for drugs. adding to the danger, authorities are struggling to find a way to test drivers who may be driving while high. claudia cowan is live in san francisco with more on this hi, claudia? >> reporter: jenna, you're right. police say it is a growing problem across the nation, more drivers hitting the
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road high and causing accidents. in california figures though that in 20092,000 people were hurt or killed in crashes caused by drivers high. all too often they were stoned on pot legally obtained under california's medical marijuana law. with a third of states decriminalized pot to some degree there is growing debate to set a national legal limit on marijuana intoxication. unlike with alcohol, there is no breathalyzer or saliva test. most arrests are based on the officer's observations much like sobriety tests for suspected drunk drivers. authorities say it is hard to turn the arrests into conviction because there is no standard way to measure how high a driver is and juries hear conflicting testimony about how much pot impairs driving. >> they want a number. they want the blood-alcohol content equivalent, a number that says they're under the influence and the science isn't there. >> reporter: supporters of
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legalized marijuana argue a cop's judgement call is more effective than zero tolerance laws which some states like arizona have or one size fits all legal limit. >> because there is no sufficient evidence at this time linking a certain blood thc level to adverse performance, that this point, even the experts who look at this data disagree as to what such a standard should be. >> reporter: to get to that point both sides are calling for more research and more education to remind medical marijuana users not to smoke and drive. jenna? jenna: seems obvious but, definitely more on the story to come, claudia. thank you. jon: a fox news alert. and fox has just confirmed that last night the president met with the speaker of the house, john boehner and the majority leader eric cantor at the white house.
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we had been essentially led to believe that there haven't been any white house meetings. this one was sort of kept under wraps but we are able to announce now that it did take place. speaker boehner said that the lines of communication are being kept open. he advocates that cut, cap and balance program that republicans are taking to a vote in the house tomorrow. they say they're looking forward to that vote but as we just told you the president has pledged to veto it if it were to make it to his desk. not very likely because of opposition in the senate. so, again the two parties continue to talk but it doesn't appear that there is any real progress towards solving the debt ceiling crisis. we'll be right back. with diabetes, it's tough to keep life balanced.
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san diego. plus, remember when union protesters surrounded the home of a bank of america executive, terrorizing his teenage son? for the first time we see the instructions those protesters were given by their union bosses. we'll reveal that when i see you in 15 minutes. >> as we put this flag on the hatch, that leads to atlantis right now. when we close the hatch when these guys go by, we're closing a chapter in the history of our nation. jon: the crew of the international space station bidding farewell to the shuttle atlantis astronauts. the atlantis crew leaving behind a flag that flew aboard the very first shuttle mission, sts-1. then packing up for the space shuttle's final ride home. kris gutierrez is waiting for us along with the rest of us. he is live in dallas right now. >> reporter: hi, there, jon. the hatch between the space shuttle and international space station was sealed for the very last time about two hours ago now. take a look. we have some video of the
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crews because there was a lot of handshakes and hugs going around before the crews separated for the final time. the atlantis crew as you mentioned did leave behind a few momentoes. the american flag that you talked about that was first flown into space back in 1981 as well as a small shuttle model. both are on display at the international space station. but today was bittersweet. listen here. >> the finality of our service in this mission, finality of the program, it hits you with greater force the closer you get to the end. the emotions i think feel a bit more intense today than they felt back on flight day 2 or flight day 3. and i know it will be, it will will feel very powerful tomorrow as we near the end of our shift as we complete our separation burns. >> reporter: the crew was busy overnight to use a robotic arm to stow a canister in atlantis's cargo
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bay. the canister is size of a school bus and full of trash and old equipment. the orbiter will undock from the station, tomorrow, jon and the crew will return home on thursday. jon: hard to believe it is almost over. kris gutierrez. >> 30 years. jon: thank you, chris. jenna: a tragic accident is raising serious new questions about the medical care of this young woman who is suffering from a traumatic brain injury after a truly horrific car crash. the facility treating her is now scaling back her care. how her family is fighting how her family is fighting back, next. next thing you know he's got a stunning portfolio. shhhh, you're welcome. [ male announcer ] e-trade. investing unleashed. diabetes testing? it's all the same. nothing changes. then try this. freestyle lite® blood glucose test strip. sure, but it's not gonna-- [beep] wow. yep, that's the patented freestyle zipwik™ design. did it just--
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jenna: happening now there is some growing controversy after a horrifying car accident crash leaving 18-year-old cory beatty with a traumatic brain injury. you're seeing her on the
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screen. doctors say her best hope for recovery is long-term care. even though she has full insurance coverage her treatment is being scaled back. why is that? laura engle is live with more details. >> reporter: hi, jenna. this is one fwamly's incredible story. and their dedication to getting what they feel is the right treatment for their loved one. there are so many cases like this unfortunately. 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injury each and every year in the united states. tens of thousands of die. those who survive are often left facing years of physical, occupational and speech therapy which can lead to a mountain of bills. >> the brain not only was hit by the impact, it spun within her, the frame of the skull. >> reporter: doctors say beatty's best chance of maximum recover is 12 months of intense inpatient rehabilitation. she was released only after six 1/2 months. according to her mom,
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independence of blue cross of pennsylvania sent her daughter home way too early. the insurance company defends her care saying, her transition to home was consistent with the recommendations of the professionals at bryn mawr rehab hospital who noted that ongoing therapy could be provided in a less intensive setting. her surgeon disagrees. >> we try to provide the maximum benefit during the period of time that the brain's ability to rehabilitate and regenerate exists. that first year is the time window that we have the best opportunity. >> her battle is one example of family as left heartbroken and buried in bills. >> this is one month's worth of medical bills. >> beatty hopes that congress will intervene. new jersey representative, bill pascrell, co-founder of con graegsal brain injury task force is asking brain injury make a essential under the patient affordable
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care act. the department of health and human services is considering his request. jenna: we'll keep viewers up-to-date on her developments. laura, thank you. >> reporter: thank you. jon: and this fox news alert. the rocket is in the hospital. nolan ryan, the texas rangers ceo and president has been hospitalized in houston apparently since yesterday. although we're just getting word of it now after experiencing discomfort we're told at his home. he has had some heart problems in the past and it is thought that this is an offshoot of that. we're told he is resting comfortably. reports are he is feeling better. nolan ryan,ñi hospitalized at least for now. we'll be right back. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943.
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can get from long beach to los angeles in less time than it takes a jet to fly there. jetblue was involved in this race, as you can see there, and it turned out the bicyclists won. by the time they got to long beach -- burbank to long beach i should say, by the time they got there 1 hour 34 minutes. they beat the plane. the plane hadn't even taken off yet. probably air traffic control. alisyn: i have a messy moment, a few pics to show from the wedding, not from the honeymoon, that's where i was for the last few weeks. here is a shot of me and my new husband, i call him my new husband, jon, which i introduced him as such. i don't have an old husband but he is my new husband lew f. this is us just after we said i do. we were in wimberly, texas, at old glory ranch. this is a sword arch, a tradition in the

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